Sometimes, in order to bring a woman closer to the Life/Death/Life nature, I ask her to keep a garden…. Quote – SG Journal

“Sometimes, in order to bring a woman closer to the Life/Death/Life nature, I ask her to keep a garden.

Let this be a psychic one or one with mud, dirt, green, and all the things that surround and help and assail.

Let it represent the wild psyche.
The garden is a concrete connection to life and death.

You could even say there is a religion of garden, for it teaches profound psychological and spiritual lessons.

Whatever can happen to a garden can happen to soul and psyche – too much water, too little water, bugs, heat, storm, flood, invasion, miracles, dying back, coming back, boon, healing.

During the life of the garden, women keep a diary, recording the signs of life-giving and life-taking.
Each entry cooks up a psychic soup.

In the garden we practice letting thoughts, ideas, preferences, desires, even loves both live and die.

We plant, we pull, we bury.
We dry seed, sow it, support it.

The garden is a meditation practice, that of saying when it is time for something to die.

In the garden one can see the time coming for both fruition and for dying back.
In the garden one is moving with rather than against the inhalations and the exhalations of greater wild Nature.

Through this meditation, we acknowledge that the Life/Death/Life cycle is a natural one.

Both Wild Woman’s life-giving and death-giving natures are waiting to be befriended, forever loved.
In this process, we become like the cyclical wild.

We have the ability to infuse energy and strengthen life, and to stand out of the way of what dies.”

“Women Who Run With The Wolves.”

-Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Ph.D.-

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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